First punch was to the gut. Then the second punch, while I was doubled over, was an uppercut.
Six months ago things weren't going so bad. I mean, there were problems but they were manageable problems. Now, not so much.
Have you ever heard the ancient Chinese curse that goes something like, "May you live in interesting times"? Well, times have gotten interesting indeed.
Early this year I lost my house of 20+ years due mainly to my own ineptitude. There were chances to hold onto it but I failed in my attempt. I had been hoping to live there for 5-10 more years and eventually use it to fund my retirement, either by selling it or using it as a rental property. No more.
Even so, it was just a thing and I lost numerous things due to the transition but at the end of the day it was all just things. I was able to bring most of the cats with me and one I left behind is being taken care of by a good friend of mine from the neighborhood. I also had somewhere to go, Colleen's house, so I'm not living on the streets or in my storage facility.
Luckily it seems that I am going to be getting the surplus money from the sale of the house which is not an insignificant amount. It's not lottery money, only in the mid five figures, but something is better than nothing.
The move was tough for both of us because her house is a tad smaller than mine so we each had to shed some possessions and the house still needs some de-cluttering. However, things had seemed to be settling down.
Looks can be deceiving. Colleen works for BB&T Bank and has for close to 25 years. She had been planning on staying for another couple years and then leaving with a decent retirement package. That might no longer be an option. It has been announced that BB&T is merging with Suntrust and between the two of them they will be downsizing between 40 and 60 percent of their workforce. So now she might be out of a job by as soon as the end of the year.
Interesting times indeed.
Her silver lining is that if she does get "downsized" (fancy word for fired) then she will get a hefty severance, probably somewhere around a year's salary. Once again, not enough to buy our own private island but enough to keep us comfortable in the short term.
To be clear I am not trying to say, "Woe is me!" or asking for a pity party. I have been in way worse situations than this and have come through alright. This is just a small rock in the stream and I'm going around that sucker and coming out better on the other side.
When life gives me lemons I don't make lemonade, I make Lemon Chiffon Pie garnished with Candied Zests!
What I see ahead of me at this very moment is unlimited opportunity.